Genealogy Classes

Genealogy ClassesUpcoming classes:

Ancestry & Historic Books on Internet Archives & Google
WED, JAN 8
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Learning Lab

Instruction includes how to search the Ancestry Library Edition database quicker and how to make good decisions when selecting records for your family tree.  Thousands of records appear when you search for an ancestor's name, and it is often difficult to narrow down the number of records to review.   Techniques will include how to use advanced searches, the census, and the card catalog in the Ancestry Library Edition database which is free at the Teton County Library.

Historic books are listed on Ancestry, but are often difficult to search or you may find that you want to download the entire book.  The instructor will demonstrate how you can use Internet Archives and Google books to locate the books found on Ancestry. These two databases can be used from home and compliment the Ancestry Library Edition database. Learn how to build a digital library that compliments your family tree.

Class includes workshop time.  Bring your device and family records. Click here to sign up.

Lineage Society Applications: DAR & SAR
SUN, JAN 12
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Learning Lab

Registration is required, click here to register.

What is a Lineage Society?  
Membership in these societies requires documented proof of your ancestry-called qualifying outlines.  For every generation, you must list each person's name, birth date, death date, marrriage date, and all respective locations.  Attached to each page are the proofs required by the lineage society.  

Do you have an ancestor who served in the American Revolution?
In 2026, the United States Semiquincentennial will be the 250th anniversary of the 1776 establishment of the United States of America.  Many patrons have found on the Ancestry Library Edition Database records for both the Daughters of The American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution.   Class will include information on how to verifiy this information, find additional ancestors, update your family records, and find the documents to support these records.

Learn more about the process, how to qualify for membership or how to locate more information on the Ancestry Library Editon database about your patriot.  If you are interested in joining either society, information will be available and assistance will be provided with the application.

Family Treemaker Database, Part 1
WED, JAN 15
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Learning Lab

The Family Tree Maker Database, once owned by Ancestry, is a "stand alone" program which you must purchase.  It syncs family trees on Ancestry to your computer and allows you to save pictures, records, and documents from Ancestry to your computer.  Trees created on Ancestry and records attached are not available after you stop your personal subscriptions. If you own this program, you will learn about the new upgrades, printing, and saving records.  

If you wish to learn more about this program, the morning session is for you.  The afternoon session will be for patrons who own the program and will receive individual assistance with their family trees on the Family Tree Maker Database.
Bring your family documents and computer.  If you have not upgraded to the 2019 version, it would be best to do so before class. Click here to sign up.


Family Treemaker Database, Part 2
WED, JAN 15
1-4:00 p.m.
Learning Lab

The afternoon session will be for patrons who own the program and will receive individual assistance with their family trees on the Family Tree Maker Database.

The Family Tree Maker Database, once owned by Ancestry, is a "stand alone" program which you must purchase.  It syncs family trees on Ancestry to your computer and allows you to save pictures, records, and documents from Ancestry to your computer.  Trees created on Ancestry and records attached are not available after you stop your personal subscriptions. If you own this program, you will learn about the new upgrades, printing, and saving records.  

If you wish to learn more about this program, the morning session is for you.  Bring your family documents and computer.  If you have not upgraded to the 2019 version, it would be best to do so before class. Click here to register.

Genealogy Class: Researching Patriots of the American Revolution
SUN, JAN 26
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Learning Lab

Registration is required, click here to register.

Members of the Daughters of the American Revolution who are researching patriots on the Ancestry Library Edition Database will receive tips and techniques for proving their family lineage.  Instruction will include how to correctly complete an application, search multi sources that are available and proving additional patriots in a family tree.  Bring your family tree and questions.  

If you are interested in a different lineage society, email the instructor.  Room may be available and the research tips will be helpful.

What You'll Learn

In the Genealogy Classes you can learn about the following topics:

  • Find and use census information.
  • Find and use library databases including ancestry international, world vitals records, proquest and historical maps.
  • Find the best sites for historical newspapers and books.
  • Save, organize and print from these sites.

Resources

We also have resources online and in our collection to help you put together the pieces of your family’s past.

Staff Picks

  • Historic Map Works is an extensive digital map collection, with more than 400,000 high-resolution, full-color historic maps.
  • Proquest Historical Newspapers are historical newspapers that provide genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.
  • U.S. History in Context covers themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present.